[Podcast] Finnish Football Show 27 – Suomen Cup 2020 Group Stage | Huuhkajat 2020 Fixtures | Closed-season Transfers

Mark W, Mark H, Rich & Keke get together for the first time in 2020 and look back at recent events and forward to a busy 2020 for the Huuhkajat.

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Mark W, Mark H, Rich & Keke get together for the first time in 2020 and look back at Rich’s interview with Tim Sparv and recent events in the Suomen Cup. We also look forward to Huuhkajat fixtures in 2020 and a surprisingly long section on recent transfers involving Finnish players and clubs. Not forgetting the regular features, “ja sillä sipuli” and “Following”. But. Surely. There’s only one place to start this week. And that is with the tale of how Rich met Tim 😍 #bromance

First Half

When Rich met Tim

  • We discuss what we learned when Rich spoke to Finnish national team captain, Tim Sparv in the recent Bonus episode: Tim Sparv Interview podcast

Euro 2020 Tickets

  • More tickets may be made available on Wed 26.2.
  • The UEFA website says “Ticket Resale. Tickets will be listed for sale on the official UEFA ticket resale platform on 26 February 2020. Create your account now so you’re ready to buy!”
  • But the Register link wasn’t working 😞

Suomen Cup group stage

  • Several groups designed to sort-out the final 16 teams which will be made up of
    • 8 teams from the Veikkausliiga
    • 4 teams from Ykkönen
    • 2 teams that were finalists in the 2020 Kakkonen cup (still currently being played)
    • 2 teams that were finalists in the 2019 Regions cup
  • There are still a few games to be played to decide the final list of participants:
Image: https://www.palloliitto.fi/ottelut-ja-sarjat/suomen-cup/ottelut


Ja sillä sipuli

Finnish football terms and phrases

  • Pelisilmä – Game Eye
    • Pelisilmä is like natural talent… someone who’s got “pelisilmä” just adapts and performs

Second Half

Huuhkajat fixtures announced

Image: https://www.palloliitto.fi/maajoukkueet/huuhkajat/ohjelma-ja-tulokset

Nations League 2020 Draw

Pots for the draw

Dates of Fixtures

Notable Transfers

  • Joel Pohjanpallo – Leverkeusen to Hamburger SV
  • Onni Valakari – Tromso to Pafos (Cyprus)
  • Leo Vaisanen – to Elfsborg (Sweden)
  • Petteri Forsell – HJK to Korona Kielce (Poland)
  • Simon Skrabb – to Brescia
  • Robert Taylor – Tromso to SK Brann
  • ‘KuPS ‘hoovering-up players’ – Keke
  • Eero Markkanen – to Haka (Keke 💗 Eero)
  • Vahid Hambo – to Lahti
  • Roope Riski – to HJK
  • Serge Atakayi – Glasgow Rangers to SJK
  • Ariel ‘Tuco’ Ngueukam – KuPS to SJK
  • Walter Viitala – Sandefjord (Norway) to SJK

Injury time


Our monthly nomination of someone we know/like on Twitter…

  • Juha Tamminen @TamminenJuha
    • Taking photos of football and life since 1980 – Fotografiando fútbol y la vida desde 1980
    • Rich: “He’s photographed Finland and international football for decades. Mexico 86, Italia 90, big Nottingham Forest fan, a lot of South American stuff”
    • Keke: “He’s a bit of a legend with his World Cup photos.”


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